By Manasvi Gupta
The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Education announced that its decision remains unchanged on conducting the offline board examinations this year for Classes 10 and 12. As per the latest announcement, the offline exams for Class 12 will commence on March 4 till March 30. Whereas, for class 10, the exams will be held from March 15 to April 4.
As for practical examinations for Class 12, they are scheduled to be held from February 14 to March 7, 2022. Class 10 practical examinations will be conducted between February 25 to March 14 this year.
Sharad Gosavi, the State Board Chairman, confirmed the latest exam schedule. The state’s School Education Minister, Varsha Gaikwad, also released a statement listing special measures for the offline board exams.
The formal announcement came amidst months of speculation regarding the mode and schedule of examinations. The confusion arose after the Maharashtra Board sent a proposal to the Uddhav Thackeray government to seek postponement of the offline examinations, following a virtual discussion with the State Education Minister Bacchu Kadu.
Earlier, the decision to hold offline exams had resulted in protests by the students in Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, and other parts of Maharashtra a few days ago. They demanded the cancellation of offline exams for Classes 10 and 12 in view of the current pandemic situation. Students and parents had also expressed concerns that last-minute changes would create confusion.
The Maharashtra government had also announced previously that the students can submit their examination forms a day before the exams.